Excessive-performance heavyweight within the works


The latest Cadillac Escalade has been on sale for a 12 months, profitable over patrons with its unmatched presence, sharp styling, and an inside that’s taken nice leaps ahead over the earlier technology with regards to refinement however extra so know-how.

Sadly the large SUV is proscribed with regards to powertrains. Patrons have simply two choices to select from: a carryover 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 or a 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6. Each powertrains supply ample efficiency, although neither is what you’d name thrilling.

Cadillac could also be about to alleviate the difficulty as new prototypes noticed within the wild recommend that an oft-rumored Escalade-V is coming. There are prototypes for each the Escalade’s common physique and stretched ESV possibility, and curiously they had been noticed testing alongside a fleet of Chevrolet Corvette prototypes, together with testers for the upcoming Z06.

2022 Cadillac Escalade-V spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Cadillac Escalade-V spy pictures – Photograph credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

You may instantly discover the quartet of square-shaped exhaust ideas, the identical design discovered on the Corvette. The exhaust tips about Cadillac’s CT4-V and CT5-V sport sedans additionally characteristic a sq. form.

The fascias entrance and rear are additionally distinctive to those prototypes, with the entrance fascia sporting a decrease lip and a few mesh over the decrease consumption with the identical sample discovered on the CT4-V and CT5-V. The wheels are additionally a brand new design for the Escalade.

Cadillac is quiet on plans for an Escalade-V however rumors level to the car coming with a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. Ought to this be the case, rely on energy being dialed down from the 668 hp the identical engine delivers within the track-focused CT5-V Blackwing.

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

We must always have extra particulars quickly because the Escalade-V is anticipated to debut later this 12 months as a 2022 mannequin.

There aren’t many high-performance choices within the full-size SUV house. Mercedes-Benz AMG has the GLS63, which looks like essentially the most direct rival. There’s additionally the BMW Alpina XB7, in addition to the mid-size Bentley Bentayga Velocity.

Word, Cadillac’s plans for the Escalade will not finish with the V. There may even be a battery-electric model constructed on Basic Motors’ new Ultium platform. The platform, which debuted within the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, ought to ship a variety as excessive as 400 miles within the electrical Escalade.

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